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Read all about keeping reptiles and amphibians with our range of wildlife books. We also have books providing information on them in their natural habitats.

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Reptile & Amphibian Books

Read all about keeping reptiles and amphibians with our range of wildlife books. We also have books providing information on them in their natural habitats.

  • Keeping a Pet Tortoise

    AC Highfield

    Product Code: APCKA
    Hardback
    Looking after a tortoise is not simply a matter of letting it lose in the garden and allowing it to do its own thing until winter arrives. Ideally it requires a knowledgeable owner to provide the best possible standard of care. This book guides you through all the stages of looking after a tortoise and covers both the well-known Mediterranean species as well as more exotic tropical tortoises. It provides essential information on all aspects of tortoise ownership, from buying your pet to everyday well-being, housing set-ups, hibernation advice, breeding and hatchling care. The perfect starter book, written by experts, up-to-date and accessible with over 130 colour photographs.
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  • Reptiles

    Angela Royston

    Product Code: ARJJU
    Paperback
    This fascinating series takes a very simple look at animal classifications, with each book focusing on a different group of animal. This book is about reptiles: what they do, how they behave, and how these characteristics are different from other groups of animals. Beautifully illustrated with colourful photographs, the book shows many examples of different types of reptiles in their natural environment.
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  • A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of Australia

    Scott Eipper

    Product Code: CBJOO
    Paperback
    This photographic identification guide to all of Australia's 236 snake species and subspecies is perfect for resident and visitor alike. It's the first book to show every species and subspecies of Australian snake, and the first new book on Australian snakes to be published for 27 years. High quality photographs from Australia's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers the geography and climate of Australia, types of habitat, and details of orders and families. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the snakes of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its global IUCN status as at 2018.
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  • RSPB Spotlight Frogs and Toads

    Jules Howard

    Product Code: BYLSI
    Paperback
    They were bestowed with magical properties in folklore, they were sought after as ingredients of witches' broth, and they are comic characters that have invaded popular culture, from Kermit the Frog to Toad of Toad Hall. Frogs and toads are charismatic members of Britain's wildlife. But what do you really know about them? Scratch beneath the surface, and you will discover some of nature's weirdest creatures, amphibians whose ecology we are only now coming to understand. Spotlight Frogs and Toads is a compelling account of Britain's four native amphibian species: the Common Frog, the Pool Frog, the Common Toad and the rare and secretive Natterjack Toad. New research suggests that, in the next ten years, three out of four UK species are likely to be listed as threatened. Revealing a host of secrets, including how they migrate, what they eat, and how they got to the UK in the first place, Jules Howard inspires us all to look down, rather than up, in spring. The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photographs and informative expert text.
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  • The Field Herping Guide

    Mike Pingleton

    Product Code: BXVRY
    Paperback
    A practical how-to guide written for discovering and enjoying reptiles and amphibians in their natural settings. This book will enhance the enjoyment of herp enthusiasts and bolster conservation efforts.
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  • Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico

    Carl H. Ernst

    Product Code: BWMLZ
    Hardback
    Carl H. and Evelyn M. Ernst have completely revised their landmark reference Venomous Reptiles of North America to present the most comprehensive review of these animals in years. The first volume contains species accounts of the venomous lizards and elapid and viperid snakes found north of Mexico's twenty-fifth parallel. Volume 2 of this definitive work covers the twenty-one species of the genus Crotalus found in the United States, Canada, and, for the first time, those found in northern Mexico. Mixing their own research with careful data description and intriguing stories, Ernst and Ernst present the most accurate and interesting view of North America's rattlesnakes available. They provide general background information on Crotalus, including venom delivery systems, how rattles function, what rattlesnakes eat, and what eats rattlesnakes. Additionally, they offer specific and fascinating details, such as observations of rattlesnakes swimming to offshore islands, accounts of male combat bouts, possible "anting" behavior in Crotalus viridis, and the features of the Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnake. Each species account includes vivid photographs, range maps, and explanations of the limits to their respective distribution. Presenting the latest research on venomous reptiles in the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico and featuring an extensive bibliography of literature on the subject, this volume contains a wealth of information for anyone with an interest in venom, snakes, or herpetology in general.
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  • The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas

    Heather R. Cunningham (Chesape

    Product Code: BTJSK
    Hardback
    Naturalists, herpetologists, and ecologists alike agree that tracking herpetofauna is a challenging undertaking. Scientists are concerned about the decline of once-familiar species, but evidence has often been too anecdotal to support firm conclusions. To better understand the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Maryland and forecast species' futures in a time of accelerated environmental threats, conducting a comprehensive statewide survey updating 1970s-era distribution maps seemed ideal. However, this endeavor was of an impossibly ambitious scope for scientists alone to tackle. Enter the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project, comprising nearly a thousand dedicated citizen scientists who discovered and recorded the locations of herpetofauna throughout every corner of Maryland. In The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, Heather R. Cunningham and Nathan H. Nazdrowicz present the findings of this massive undertaking. This definitive guide combines nearly 160 comprehensive new herpetological maps with historical distribution maps and in-depth species accounts. Color photos illustrate the natural history of the 89 species of frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes, and lizards that call the state home. Essays discuss historical studies, the effects of Maryland's current climate, geology, and habitat diversity-and the myriad conservation issues these animals face. This richly detailed book represents a triumph of citizen science and the culmination of an intensive research partnership. It will appeal to both amateurs and professionals interested in herpetology, natural history, or ecology, as well as those with a special interest in Maryland's biodiversity.
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  • A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of Southeast Asia (2nd edition)

    Indraneil Das

    Product Code: BRRSW
    Paperback
    This easy-to-use identification guide to the 129 species of mammal most commonly seen in Southeast Asia (covering Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat, as well as interesting snippets of information about the mammals. The user-friendly introduction covers details on habitats, advice on mammal watching, notes on taxonomy and information on threats to the wildllife. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of Southeast Asia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status.
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  • A Naturalist's Guide to the Frogs of Australia

    Peter Rowland

    Product Code: BQWEB
    Paperback
    This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 species of frog most commonly seen in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Australia's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers the geography and climate of Australia, types of habitat, and details of orders and families. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the frogs of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its global IUCN status as at 2015.
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  • The Book of Snakes

    Mark O'Shea

    Product Code: BQLZR
    Hardback
    There are over 3,600 species of snake found on every continent except for Antarctica, ranging in size from Barbados' tiny threadsnake to Southeast Asia's massive reticulated python. More than any other creature snakes are surrounded by dark, compelling myths and legend, unsurprising since many constrict their prey to death, or kill with a venomous bite, using a diverse armory of venoms that affect the blood, tissues, organs, and respiration. However, it is especially true of snakes that the closer you observe them, the more exquisite they are in their intricate geometry of pattern, the fine texture of the overlapping scales, and the intricacies of their multifarious lifestyles. The Book of Snakes profiles 600 significant species from all 32 families-one in six of all known species-to create a beautiful collector's piece that is both a significant resource for enthusiasts and scholars, and the most visually stimulating guide on the market.
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  • The Snake and the Salamander

    Alvin R. Breisch

    Product Code: BNHRB
    Hardback
    In the best tradition of natural history writing and art, The Snake and the Salamander explores the diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the northeastern quadrant of the United States. Covering 13 states that run from Maine to Virginia, author Alvin R. Breisch and artist Matt Patterson showcase the lives of 83 species of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. These intriguing animals are organized by habitat and type, from forest to grassland to bogs to big waters, and revealed through a combination of Breisch's engaging prose and Patterson's original color illustrations. Breisch's guided tour combines historical notes and conservation issues with lessons on genetics, evolution, habitats, life histories, and more. Discover how careful attention to frog calls coupled with DNA analysis led to the discovery of a new species of frog in New York City, why evolutionary adaptations made the Eastern Ratsnake a superb climber, and the surprising fact that Spiny Softshell turtles actually sprint on land to retreat from predators. Breisch also tells the odd tale of the Green Frog and the Smooth Greensnake, two "green species" that do not actually have any green pigment in their skin. Every species has a story to tell-one that will keep the reader wanting to learn more.The breadth of herpetofauna in the area will surprise many readers: more than 8% of the world's salamanders and 11% of all turtle species live in the region. Beyond numbers, however, lie aesthetics. The surprising colors and fascinating lifestyles of the reptile and amphibian species in this book will mesmerize readers young and old.
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  • American Snakes

    Sean P. Graham (Sul Ross State

    Product Code: BNDLY
    Hardback
    125 million years ago on the floodplains of North America, a burrowing lizard started down the long evolutionary path of shedding its limbs. The 60-plus species of snakes found in Sean P. Graham's American Snakes have this ancestral journey to thank for their ubiquity, diversity, and beauty. Although many people fear them, snakes are as much a part of America's rich natural heritage as redwoods, bald eagles, and grizzly bears. Found from the vast Okefenokee Swamp to high alpine meadows, from hardwood canopies to the burning bottom of the Grand Canyon, these ultimate vertebrates are ecologically pivotal predators and quintessential survivors.In this revelatory and engaging meditation on American snakes, Graham, a respected herpetologist and gifted writer, * explains the everyday lives of American snakes, from their daily routines and seasonal cycles to their love lives, hunting tactics, and defensive repertoires* debunks harmful myths about snakes and explores their relationship with humans* highlights the contribution of snakes to the American wilderness* tells tales of "snake people"-important snake biologists with inspiring careersNeither a typical field guide nor an exhaustive reference, American Snakes is instead a fascinating study of the suborder Serpentes. Brimming with intriguing and unusual stories-of hognose snakes that roll over and play dead, blindsnakes with tiny vestigial lungs, rainbow-hued dipsadines, and wave-surfing sea-snakes-the text is interspersed with scores of gorgeous full-color images of snakes, from the scary to the sublime. This proud celebration of a diverse American wildlife group will make every reader, no matter how skeptical, into a genuine snake lover.
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  • Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

    Philippe Geniez

    Product Code: BMWMY
    Paperback
    This is a fully up-to-date and comprehensive photographic field guide to the snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Lavishly illustrated with 387 color photographs, it includes coverage of all 122 snake species found in these regions. The guide's detailed introduction discusses snake anatomy, biology, habitats and taxonomy. It also explores the health of snakes in captivity and conservation measures, and provides a succinct explanation of the chemical composition, physical effects and cultural uses of snake venom. Species accounts are arranged taxonomically and provide identification features, a description of the species' habitat and behavior and information about whether a snake is venomous. Abundant distribution maps describe each species' geographic variation and usual habitats. Clear photos aid identification and are supplemented with illustrations highlighting key anatomical features. A table of all species, country by country, is included at the back of the book. The first dedicated field guide on snakes to appear in many years, Snakes of Europe, North Africaand the Middle East will be indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about these unique reptiles. Highlights all 122 snake species found in the region Features 387 excellent photos supplemented with diagrams Reflects most recent classification and scientific research Provides each species' identification details, habitat, behavior and much more Includes distribution maps for all species
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  • Cane Toad Wars

    Rick Shine

    Product Code: BMKCO
    Hardback
    In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were devastating sugar-cane harvests. Prior to that, the Cane Toad had been introduced in other parts of the world, but in Australia it adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain. Cane Toad Wars chronicles the research of intrepid scientist Rick Shine and his work to document the toad's ecological impact in Australia and to buffer that impact. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of an intriguing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.
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  • Lizard

    Boria Sax

    Product Code: BKKVJ
    Paperback
    Lizards stimulate the human imagination, despite generally being small, soundless and hidden from sight in burrows, treetops or crevices. They can blend into a vast range of environments, from rocky coasts to deserts and rainforests. Their fluid motion can make us think of water, while their curvilinear forms suggest vegetation. Their stillness appears deathlike, while their sudden arousal is like resurrection. Lizards are at once overhyped and underappreciated. Our storybooks are full of lizards, but we usually call them something else - dragons, serpents or monsters. Our tales vastly increase their size, bestow wings upon them, make them exhale flame and endow them with magical powers. This illuminating book demonstrates how the story of lizards is interwoven with the history of the human imagination. Boria Sax describes the diversity of lizards and traces their representation in many cultures, including those of pre-conquest Australia, the Quiche Maya, Mughal India, China, Central Africa, Europe and America. Filled with beguiling images, Lizard is essential reading for natural history enthusiasts, students of animal studies and the many thousands of people who keep lizards as pets.
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  • Frog

    Charlotte Sleigh

    Product Code: BEAMH
    Paperback
    From the metamorphosing fairytale Frog Prince and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, to dissections in science class, to television's Kermit, frogs are ever-present in our childhoods. Just what is it about this slimy creature that captures our imagination? While much attention has been paid to the scientific qualities of the frog, little has been said about the large role played by this slippery amphibian in art, literature and popular culture. Charlotte Sleigh's witty, readable Frog provides an entertaining and sometimes shocking account of this much-loved, and much-misunderstood animal. Sleigh provides answers to many questions, including why frogs have been so prominent in science throughout the years and just what place the frog holds in religion. The many faces of the frog are also explored, such as the devilish and comic; the sophisticated and chauvinist; the revolting and delicious. The author weaves the natural history of the frog together with their mythology in a way that has not been done before. Featuring many fine images of frogs from nature and culture, Frog will appeal to a wide audience - from those who keep these remarkable amphibians in their homes, to those who recall stories from their childhood with affection, to those who regard them as a tasty dinner. Readers will also be pleased to know that all copies of Frog are guaranteed 100% wart-free.
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  • Chameleons

    Chris Mattison

    Product Code: BDVKP
    Paperback
    With flattened bodies, opposed feet, independently swivelling eyes, a prehensile tail, and the ability to change colour, chameleons are both fascinating and charismatic. Chameleons is the first popular guide to this extraordinary animal group. This stunningly illustrated book begins by exploring chameleon evolution and classification, describing how they fit into life's evolutionary tree and revealing their close relations. It discusses the variations in size, shape, colour and markings among the many different species and explains why chameleons look like they do. There are chapters on reproduction and development, food and feeding, and how chameleons defend themselves against predators. Chapter six examines the relationship between chameleons and humans, from their occurrence in mythology and superstition to worldwide conservation work and details of where to see chameleons in the wild. The final section provides an overview of the ten genera of chameleons, describing their distinguishing features, distribution and natural history. Drawing on their vast experience, the authors provide an illuminating insight into the lives of these unusual animals.
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  • Reptile

    DK

    Product Code: BCVUJ
    Paperback
    A unique view of some of the world's most curious living creatures, their intriguing characteristics, and unusual behavior with DK Eyewitness Reptiles. Learn how crocodiles look after their young, how lizards store fat in their tails, and how chameleons swivel their eyes. Find out how snakes are charmed, how geckos walk upside down, why crocodiles swallow stones, and how a snake is milked of venom. With stunning close-up photographs of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, and turtles, Eyewitness Reptiles offers a unique eyewitness view of these amazing creatures. See how an anole lizard frightens its enemies by displaying its bright red beard and watch a boa constrictor swallowing its prey whole. Includes a fact-filled wall chart perfect for bedrooms or classrooms.
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  • Crocodile

    Dan Wylie

    Product Code: BCKYD
    Paperback
    From the croc that terrorized Captain Hook in Peter Pan to the leviathans depicted in films like Lake Placid and Dinocroc, innumerable songs, stories and legends have characterized crocodilians as pitiless predators with insatiable appetites. Yet although we commonly associate crocodiles, alligators and gharials with ferocity and deceit, they have also often been respected and revered in human history. Crocodile tracks 23 crocodilian species from India and Egypt to North America, Africa, Australia and beyond, and compares what science has discovered about the lives of these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world. Crocodiles were all but wiped out in the middle of the twentieth century by hunters and skin traders and are now making a comeback; as apex predators, they are today an increasingly important indicator of the health of an ecosystem. Indeed, they may outlive humans, just as they did the dinosaurs. Presenting a concise, cogent case for why we should respect these fearsome animals, this beautifully illustrated volume is a tribute to one of the world's ultimate survivors.
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  • Explore the Deadly World of Bugs, Snakes, Spiders, Crocodiles

    Product Code: BBVSG
    Hardback
    This exciting and comprehensive guide captures the enthralling world of reptiles and insects from all over the globe. From poisonous snakes and fearsome alligators to delicate butterflies and industrious honey bees, you'll discover amazing facts about all sizes and species of reptiles, bugs and minibeasts. Did you know, for example, that the komodo dragon is the only species of lizard that is believed to include humans in its diet? Close-up photography takes a detailed look at the secrets of reptiles and insects, from different types of scales, heat detectors and fearsome teeth to all-seeing compound eyes, super-sensitive antennae and powerful stings.
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  • The Art of Keeping Snakes

    Philippe De Vosjoil

    Product Code: AZYRN
    Paperback
    For author Philippe de Vosjoli, "art is the actualization of a personal vision or message," and de Vosjoli's passion is snakes, which he believes are among the most beautiful animals on earth. Incorporating snakes into a naturalistic vivarium, the way lizards and amphibians usually are, adds a new element to snake keeping, elevating the hobby to a true art form. In The Art of Keeping Snakes, de Vosjoli pursues this concept and provides advice for snake keepers who wish to create beautiful displays for their snakes, putting the animals' welfare and quality of life above all else and simultaneously enhancing their own enjoyment in observing their beautiful snakes in naturalistic environments. Beautifully photographed, inspiring, and informative, The Art of Keeping Snakes is divided into two parts, the first "A New Way to Keep Snakes," discusses design planning, enclosures and background possibilities, substrates, landscaping, plants, heating/lighting, quarantine and introducing the snakes to the vivarium. This part also includes chapters on feeding, handling, health care, and general maintenance and husbandry. The second part, "Best Display Snakes," presents over thirty different snakes, including photographs, physical descriptions, and tips for selection, handling, vivarium design tips, feeding, and breeding. The snakes in this part are divided into chapters, categorized by pythons, boas, water and garter snakes, hognose snakes, rat snakes, kingsnakes and milksnakes, and others. Resources and index included.
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  • Why Do Reptiles Have Scales?

    Product Code: AVNTX
    Paperback
    An original new science series which explores the key characteristics that divide the main animal and plant groups, and looks at how these characteristics have evolved over time. The information is supported by examples that highlight the quirky and amazing qualities of the natural world, as well as revealing the dazzling variety within each group. Why do Reptile Have Scales? looks at the features that make reptiles so unique. It describes how reptiles have evolved over time, and highlights how they adapt to survive in many different kinds of environment. Reptile anatomy, movement and self-defence all also feature.
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  • Snake

    Product Code: ARDLU
    Paperback
    Snake is the essential visual guide to the world of serpents, featuring more than 3,000 species. With a fresh new look, updated classifications, stunning photography and amazing artworks, Snake is the most up-to-date reference for all herpetologists. Packed with fascinating facts such as physical and behavioural characteristics, with information about snake evolution, habitats, reproductive behaviour, feeding, defence and much more on 60 snakes, from the Rainbow Boa to the Tropical Rattlesnake. Plus a complete directory lists all 3,000 known species of these fascinating reptiles, including venomous snakes such as cobras. Plus in each profile a 'Fact File' gives at-a-glance information for every snake. Snake is a beautiful and comprehensive guide to some of nature's most compelling animals.
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  • Reptiles

    Sarah Wilkes

    Product Code: AQCOL
    Paperback 11 years +
    The Classifying Animals series welcomes readers to the world of classification, in which about 2 million different organisms have been identified and sorted into groups. This appealing and attractive book looks at the class of reptiles, and the orders, families and species within it. Find out about the characteristics that distinguish the reptiles in different groups and compare the differences in their life cycles. Discover the various ways in which reptiles have adapted to life in different climates and habitats on land and in water.
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